EAST MACHIAS - Stephen P. Kilton, 88, passed away May 19th 2014 at a Bangor hospital. He was born Dec. 24, 1925 to Porter F. Kilton Sr. and Cora (Ackley) Kilton.
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Steve attended Machias schools, and graduated from Machias High school in 1943. He was drafted in to the United States Navy where he served until 1946. He returned to Marshfield where he started his life long career in the wood and forestry business for St Regis paper co. He met and married his life long love Vivian (Harmon) Kilton in April of 1953. After his retirement from St Regis paper co. he worked as a sternman on his son-in-law's boat and always said he loved working on the ocean better than the woods.
Surviving including his beloved wife of 62 years are his daughters, Deborah K. Look and husband, Leslie, of Whiting, Vicki K. Porter and husband, Bruce of Cutler; grandchildren, Amanda Chase and husband, John of Cutler, Christopher Look and wife, Jodi of East Machias: Stephen Porter and wife, Erin of Bangor, Leslie Look Jr. (JR) and wife, Maryandra of Brewer, Allyson Simmon and husband, Chris of Illinois; great-grandchildren, Mason and Jenna Look, Keegan, Abigail and Emma Look, Hollis and Callum Porter, Shane Chase; his brother, Boyd Kilton Sr. of Branford Fla.; a sister, Betty St. Pierre of Marshfield. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Hollis, Porter Jr. and Gerald.
Known to many as Papa, Papa lived each day with a heart full of love for his family. He simply adored his "babies" and fully enjoyed the time he spent with them, they kept him going and kept him strong. They were the joy of his life. Steve was known to his family as quite the story teller, his grandchildren will remember his tales forever with a smile. He was the best husband, father and grandfather we could all ask for.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. June 7th at the Jacksonville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.
Published in BDN Maine on May 26, 2014